CPA Preparation

How do you prepare for the CPA exam?

I. Get your transcripts evaluated early in your MAcc year so you know which electives you need to take. Follow these steps to get your transcripts evaluated:

  • Decide the state in which you intend to sit for the CPA exam. We highly recommend that you review the Board of Accountancy (BOA) requirements for your state. The majority of students in the program sit for the Virginia exam each year. If you are unsure what you should do, then please do not hesitate to ask Prof. Elizabeth Foster, for advice.
  • When in doubt regarding qualification issues, make sure to follow up with the BOA. Just to be clear: the MAcc program cannot determine whether you meet the requirements to sit for the exam in your chosen state. That is why it is crucial you contact the BOA as soon as you begin the program.

II. Consider taking a CPA test review class before you sit for the test.

Federal Disclosure Statement

The W&M Master of Accountancy program meets the educational requirements for CPA Licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia and may meet the educational requirements for other states. The individual state accountancy boards have sole authority in determining whether credits earned are acceptable for examination and licensure. William & Mary has not determined whether the specific educational requirements for licensure or certification in your state has been met and encourages all prospective students to thoroughly review the information available on the NASBA website. Students should work with an advisor to ensure they are completing appropriate coursework and be aware of additional non-educational requirements such as professional work experience.